Managing the commons:

Indigenous Rights, Economic Development and Identity


In this volume on Indigenous Rights, Economic Development, and Identity, Caddy focuses on the Maya of Belize and concludes that without a unified voice, the Mayan peoples have lost ground in defending their common property and Indigenous knowledge. In her article, P. Smith examines how Indigenous rights are not a stationary concept describing the past but rather must be jointly developed over time by Indigenous peoples themselves working with governance regimes at multiple levels. Finally, Gibson asks whether the international law that has evolved related to intellectual property rights can be used to protect Indigenous knowledge as well as Indigenous property rights. Her answer is ¿no,¿ and she proposes a new organization within the UN to work on protecting Indigenous rights. In her concluding analysis, P. Smith reviews several viewing points for examining Indigenous rights and urges IASCP to continue the dialogue between common-property scholars and Indigenous peoples that blossomed at the Oaxaca meetings.

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